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How the 15th Amendment Came to Los Angeles

The amendment gave black Angelenos the right to vote, but the county clerk at first refused to register them anyway.

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Elysian Park's Incredible Moving Mountain of 1937

A slow-motion, 1.5-million-ton landslide drew huge crowds of spectators.

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At First and Beverly, A Freeway Bridge Out of Nowhere

The First Street-Beverly Boulevard Viaduct is something of an infrastructural anomaly -- a 900-foot bridge better suited for a ...

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How Santa Monica's Third Street Became a Promenade

Since 1965, the pedestrian rather than the automobile has reigned over a three-block stretch of downtown Santa Monica.

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